75 at 75: Writers on Recordings
A special project for 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s 75th anniversary and beyond, “75 at 75” invites authors to listen to a recording from our vast archive and write a personal response. In most instances, these recordings are being made available to the general public for the very first time. Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop, Brian Boyd on Vladimir Nabokov, Rick Moody on W. G. Sebald, A. L. Kennedy on E. E. Cummings, Cynthia Ozick on W. H. Auden, Maxine Hong Kingston on Grace Paley, Helen Vendler on Wallace Stevens, Yiyun Li on William Trevor and Tom Stoppard on Harold Pinter—these are just some of the exciting pairs of recording-responses you’ll find in the anthology.
This project is supported by a generous gift from Helen S. Rubinstein.
75 at 75: Pura López-Colomé on Seamus Heaney – 2011
Posted on April 13, 2015
I was fortunate enough to hear Seamus Heaney read his poetry many, many times....
75 at 75: Rick Moody on W. G. Sebald
Posted on Jul 18, 2013
To those who find W. G. Sebald’s untimely death—a mere two months after...
75 at 75: James Shapiro on Tom Stoppard
Posted on Apr 18, 2014
When I was sixteen I saw my brother act in a summer-stock production...
75 at 75: Elif Batuman on Haruki Murakami
Posted on Jan 31, 2014
I first discovered Haruki Murakami in 1994, when I was in high school....
75 at 75: J. Michael Lennon on Norman Mailer
Posted on Oct 17, 2013
Norman Mailer was 75 in May of 1998 and had just published a...
75 at 75: Robert Alter on Yehuda Amichai
A special project for 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s 75th anniversary and beyond, 75 at 75 invites authors to...
75 at 75: Caryl Phillips on Derek Walcott
Posted on Mar 31, 2014
After the hub-hub of the audience settling down and then a light spattering...
75 at 75: Victor LaValle on Jamaica Kincaid
Posted on Oct 14, 2013
Jamaica Kincaid is one of the funniest writers around. Press play on the...
75 at 75: Sarah Lindsay on Amy Clampitt
Posted on Feb 24, 2014
Karl Kirchwey introduces Grace Schulman, who introduces Debora Greger. (Your pardon, Ms. Greger,...
75 at 75: Claudia Roth Pierpont on Philip Roth
Posted on Oct 23, 2013
The voice of Herman Roth comes slowly to life—the inflections, the insistence—as his...
75 at 75: Dubravka Ugrešić on Susan Sontag
Posted on Oct 18, 2013
Maybe it was the evening’s title—“The Project of Literature”—that got me. As I...
75 at 75: Dionne Brand on Adrienne Rich
Posted on April 1, 2015
When I read of Adrienne Rich’s passing in 2012, I experienced an anxiety...
75 at 75: Yiyun Li on William Trevor
Posted on Apr 8, 2014
In September 2008 I traveled to East Sussex, England, to listen to William...
75 at 75: James Atlas on Iris Murdoch
Posted on Dec 13, 2013
I have known three charismatic writers in my life: Philip Roth, Robert Lowell...
75 at 75: Mark Ford on James Schuyler
Posted on Mar 31, 2014
James Schuyler gave his first-ever public poetry reading on November 15, 1988, when...